A wedding day and the preparation for it are ruled by etiquette. Certain traditions and customs need to be followed if a couple wants to have a truly traditional wedding. While the bride and her family usually plan the wedding, the groom's family has their own etiquette to follow if they are on the guest list.
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Preparation for the Wedding
Upon the announcement of the engagement, the etiquette for the groom's family is to invite the bride and her family to dinner. This meeting allows both families to celebrate the news and start discussing wedding preparations. The groom's mother should be the member of the family who is the contact with the bride's family when it comes to planning the wedding. She will have to give a guest list for her family's side and prepare accommodations for those travelling from out of town. Etiquette dictates the groom's family must host the rehearsal dinner.
Traditionally the family of the bride pays for the majority of the wedding day expenses. The groom's family is usually responsible for the cost of the rehearsal dinner, gifts for the bride and groomsmen, clergy fees and transportation for the groomsmen. However, with the increase in cost for a wedding today overtaking financial etiquette, the groom's family might have to contribute more. Discussing all aspects of finance at the start of the wedding preparation will let each side of the family know clearly what they have to pay for.
Wedding Day Etiquette
On the day of the wedding the groom's family has the minor responsibility of making sure the day runs smoothly. They should arrive approximately one hour prior to the wedding, unless otherwise indicated, and welcome all guests. The mother of the groom may light a family candle in the ceremony along with the mother of the bride. The most important etiquette the groom's mother must follow at the reception is standing in the receiving line to introduce her family and friends to the bride and her family.
It is etiquette that the groom's mother has to wait until the bride's mother has chosen an outfit. Once the bride's mother has chosen her dress, the groom's mother should choose a dress that is complementary in colour and of a similar style; if the bride's mother has a long dress, so too should the groom's mother. The dress shouldn't match the bridesmaid's or the mother of the bride's dress.
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